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Bulandshahr violence: Cow slaughter is the “bigger question”, says UP top cop

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In a shocking statement, a top Uttar Pradesh police officer, Thursday, said that the “bigger question” in Bulandshahr incident is who was behind cow slaughter suggesting that the death of two people including police officer Subodh Kumar was accordingly a “secondary priority”.

Day after local Bajrang Dal convener Yogesh Raj, the absconding main accused in the killing of Inspector Subodh claimed innocence in a WhatsApp video, Inspector General Ram Kumar said that police lacks evidence and was still verifying who the man in the video was thus cannot act.

“But who was behind cow slaughter…who was behind the cow conspiracy. This is a bigger question than catching a person who’s on video, against whom there is no forensic proof…” NDTV quoted Ram Kumar as saying.

“We can only act on evidence. We need to do forensic tests. It is not clear who shot the police officer, who shot Sumit (the second man killed in mob violence),” he said.

Three accused have been arrested. Four others arrested since the Monday incident are accused in a separate case of cow slaughter, which was filed by Yogesh Raj.

The comments appeared to reinforce the impression that the police and administration had instructions to prioritise investigations and arrests in the cow slaughter case, the NDTV report said.

Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, chairing a review meeting after being criticised for attending a sound-and-light show and a kabaddi event after the horrific mob killing in his state, has ordered immediate arrests for cow slaughter, according to a government statement.

The seven accused in the cow slaughter case include two minor Muslim boys, aged 11 and 12.

Kumar said it had been found that only one of them is a child and his name had been removed. The other “boy” turned out to be 26, and has been arrested.

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